Cenotaph gets much needed makeover
COFFS Harbour’s RSL sub-branch is upgrading the cenotaph.
Branch president Bob Payne said the refurbishment will be completed before Anzac Day.
“It’s going to make the memorial more presentable,” Mr Payne said.
A new paved pathway will encircle the cenotaph and join with the footpath in Gordon Street. A flagpole was also moved.
The renovations will include a larger grassed area, which will be used on Anzac Day for school children to sit on during the ceremony. New bench seats will be installed under the trees to further enhance Anzac Park.
The work was originally scheduled to take place before Remembrance Day last year but was postponed.
The sub-branch in partnership with Coffs Harbour City Council will spend $14,000 on the works from grant money supplied by State and Federal governments.
“It will look fantastic,” Mr Payne said.
“It will look so much better and the memorial will now match the wall behind.”
Mr Payne said the response from members had been encouraging, with most looking forward to seeing the outcome of the refurbishment.
The cenotaph will keep the statue of Simpson and his Donkey and will not change in design.
However, in future, Mr Payne said the sub-branch has plans to upgrade the cenotaph fence, which will consist of stainless-steel posts linked by chain.